Bears Face Uphill Battle Vs. Colts, Anderson and Simms

This article summizes that signing  Chris Simms and/or Willie Anderson is not a likely outcome.

The Bears have had contact with free-agent tackle Willie Anderson, but the chances of the veteran joining the Bears are slim to none, according to an NFL source.

Anderson, 33, was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday. He became a backup to Stacy Andrews at right tackle and refused to take a pay cut. He had a streak of 116 consecutive games stopped last season due to chronic pain in his right foot and also battled knee problems.

With new starters at almost all the major skill positions on offense and a suddenly slumping defense, the Bears face big challenges on both sides of the football against the Colts.

Peyton Manning rightfully gets the majority of the focus in Indianapolis, but the Colts' defense ranked third in the league last season in yards allowed and -- more important -- first in points allowed. The Bears not only have the difficult task of stopping the high-powered Indy offense, but also have to find a way to score themselves. In five home games last year, the Colts held their opponent to 16 points or fewer.

Offensive Coordinator Ron Turner breaks out typical Bears speak when explaining the situation at wide receiver.

The company line is that the Bears have a cast of receivers who all will see a lot of time, with each player bringing different strengths they want to exploit. That's one spin. The other is that it's a roster full of No. 3 receivers.

Asked if the Bears have a true No. 1 receiver, offensive coordinator Ron Turner said: ''I don't know if we do. And I don't think you have to. I don't think you have to look and say, 'This is our No. 1 guy.'

 

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